UPDATE: On December 9, 2016, FDA issued a revised guidance for industry, “Registration and Product Listing for Owners and Operators of Domestic Tobacco Product Establishments,” extending the December 31, 2016 deadline for registration and product listing for U.S. manufacturers by six months by June 30, 2017. According to FDA, the guidance has been revised again to clarify that for U.S. manufacturers of newly regulated tobacco products who first manufactured those products prior to August 8, 2016, the FDA does not intend to enforce the submission deadline for establishment registration and product listing as long as submissions are received by the FDA on or before June 30, 2017. However, companies which begin manufacturing newly regulated tobacco products in a domestic establishment on or after the August 8 effective date of the deeming rule must register and list immediately with the FDA. The FDA is currently accepting submissions and encourages companies to register and list their products in advance of the new compliance date.
Please note that this does not change the fact that no new deemed tobacco products can be introduced into the U.S. market after August 8, 2016 without first obtaining FDA Premarket Tobacco Product marketing authorization (products marketed on August 8, 2016 can take advantage of the 2 year grace period before the PMTA deadline on August 8, 2018, pursuant to FDA’s compliance policy)
Section 905(b) of the Tobacco Control Act requires every person who owns or operates any “establishment” in the United States that manufactures, prepares, compounds, or processes a “tobacco product” to register with FDA by December 31 of each year. Now that the Deeming Regulation is effective, e-vapor products, including their components and parts (e.g., e-liquids that contain tobacco-derived nicotine), are considered regulated tobacco products. If you own or operate a facility in the United States that manufactures, prepares, compounds, or processes an e-vapor product, which includes repackaging or otherwise changing the container, wrapper, or labeling of such product package, then you must register with FDA by the end of the year. (See also: E-Vapor Industry Challenges Deeming Regulation.)
How Do I Register?
FDA strongly encourages electronic submission of establishment registrations and product listings through the FDA Unified Registration and Listing System (FURLS) which can be accessed here. FURLS is only used to register an establishment and submit a product listing. Do not confuse this with the CTP Portal, which you can use to submit other regulatory documents (e.g., ingredient reports, health document submissions, etc.). To obtain a FURLS account and to view more instructions and webinars see here.
Alternatively, you may file your Establishment Registration manually by filling out and Form FDA 3741 and mailing all of the necessary materials to CTP’s Document Control Center, or by packaging the files electronically using FDA’s eSubmitter software and submitting that package through the CTP Portal.
- The name and address of establishments engaged in manufacturing and owned by the registrant as of the date of registration;
- The name and place of business of the owner or operator; and
- If filing electronically, FDA also recommends providing an email address and DUNS number.